Apr 12, 2017

Spring Mailart Exchange

I recently participated in a spring mailart exchange. My exchange partner finally received what I sent so I can show it.

Part of the fun of mailart is the planning process.

Floss Toss
Then there's the stitching and embellishing:

This was the first time I've used the metallic ribbon. I found it in my craft room when I was organizing. Imagine!

The mailart project gave me reason to use my newly organized craft room.

Long time readers may remember the portable pressing board I made a couple years ago.  It is a coincidence that the stacked bins next to my desk is the right height and has enough room to set the pressing board on top for ironing as I sew.

Years ago, I decided to store my ribbons on bobbins rather than leave them on the spools.  It takes up less space and I can easily see what I have, but storing them like that leaves kinks in the ribbon.

Even though I could use an iron to get the kinks out, using my flat iron is a quicker and easier way to get the job done!

If I had to do it over, I'd stitch the addresses in green to match the border, other than that I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Front Designs: 

Back Design:
Spring by Lizzie Kate
Cross Stitch Crazy magazine
May 2015

Stitched on 32ct pink linen with DMC threads.
Embellished with metallic ribbon, 1/8" satin ribbon, and buttons.

Shelley sent me the cutest mailart with violets and dragonflies stitched on the front.

And butterflies on the back

Thanks, Shelley!

Until next time...


Anonymous said...

Both yours and Shelly's are adorable! You do such good work. And the ideas you come up with - using your hair curler on the ribbon - excellent idea! My stitching group recently had to iron a whole tub of ribbons - wish we would have thought of using the curling iron!

Judi in Phoenix

Anonymous said...

Your mailart, and the one you received from Shelly, is so cute! Great job.

Woohoo for selling the John Deere! I love the pansy kit in your previous post. I think I actually have that one.....

And congratulation the American Dream stand find, with a nearly finished project. :)

Karin in CA

Faith... said...

They are both beautiful Meari!

Carm said...

Awesome work!

Anonymous said...

Lovely mail art pieces.


Anonymous said...

Very cute, Meari. You come up with some of the greatest, cutest ideas. And Shelley's mailart looks really nice. I'm still amazed that you can actually send these through the mail. But what really surprises me is that they seem to come through the experience in one piece!


KimM said...

Absolutely beautiful....all!

Donna Pheneger said...

Beautiful work, Meari! Both you and your mail art partner!

Vickie said...

What a beautiful exchange. I like your choice of stamps Meari. :)

Robin in Virginia said...

What lovely mail art pieces you created and received! I am guessing USPS doesn't have an issue/problem with the buttons and ribbons used to close it or do you insert it in a clear envelope?

Terry said...

Both are very pretty.

Patricia Green said...

What an inventive way to do an exchange. Do the items get postmarked? I enjoyed looking at your photos. So pretty.

Brigitte said...

I love these stitched envelopes. You can become so very creative with the designs to choose for the front and the back and with the embellishments. Both envelopes are beautifully stitched and finished.

cucki said...

super cute work x

Mary said...

They are both very pretty.

CathieJ said...

These mailart pieces are wonderful. Your creativity is fantastic.

Katie said...

I always love when you show these but sure never could make one myself. Both are beautiful.

Pam in IL said...

Both are so wonderfully done and definitely springy!

SuperMomNoCape said...

When I read mail art, I assumed that you'd put them inside some sort of packaging but from the one picture where there are stamps on it looks like they get mailed as they are. That's kind of cool!

Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!